The Word Write Web
What's that technology we use, in between reading a book and playing a video game?
In that space sits the Web and all its mechanisms and protocols. We've had it for decades and it has served us in different ways. It was a source of information. It was a platform for commerce. It was a nexus for social and cultural messages. It was a surface for state and corporate surveillance.
The Web is a mature technology now. It is better than it was at the beginning. Better to suit the big outfits. Better to serve the individual.
Better at telling a story.
Story-telling is at the heart of human culture. Personal stories, family stories, folk stories. Everyone loves a good story.
Some of us like to create them too. And now in 2023 there is a free and modern option for those who do.
Its name is Balladeer.
- Made of 100% Free software.
- Balladeer discovers your screenplay files at runtime and selects the next scene.
- Need a markup format for dialogue? Balladeer has one. It's called SpeechMark.
- Is your story also a game? Write it in Python code.
- Balladeer is a simple framework for prototyping which scales all the way up to global deployments.
Balladeer helps you build web-native narratives for a decentralized world.
Balladeer sprang from a project I did several years ago. I made a little puzzle game for a competition called NarraScope.
Subsequent to that, I explored other ideas which you can still find publicly available. From time to time I revisit them:
I gradually evolved the notion of a storytelling framework which uses open standards to deliver animated text, graphics, images, audio, and even video. That is what Balladeer is today.
It is a very powerful integration of Python with the Web. And another thing: Balladeer has the simplest, most flexible, most dynamic command parser in any game framework.
If you disagree, please post a link to a better one in the comments section.